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Day 7 - Hopp on board the good ship Queensland

Heinrich Hopp a thoroughly good guy

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Left Berlin behind us and took the slow train to Schwerin to get back on the family trail.

This time it is Heinrich Hopp, Lee-ann’s GGF, being the father of Julianne Hopp, who married William Hewton. All very confusing, even for me; and I did the family tree. I did have a rather fondness for Heinrich as he appeared to me to be a thoroughly good fellow. Mostly likely very formal and upright, but he brought out a belief of trade unionism that he pursued in his life in Brisbane. Given that he lived in the times of serfdom, this would have been a bit turnaround in his way of life.

It is unknown why Heinrich left Germany when he did, but it may had something to do with the Franco-Prussian Way being waged around that time.

While not completely certain, he most likely came from a fly-speck of a village called Settin, located about 3 kms outside of Crivitz. My host at the AirBnB arranged for his girlfriend to drive us around. So quick introductions and we were off. Found one of the original buildings and took the obligatory photos before moving onto to Crivitz. Crivitz was the nearest major town and given Heinrich was a tailor, most likely the place where he worked. As luck would have it as we pulled up to the church, the pastor’s wife walked by and open the church up for us. The place reeked of old religious values. So more photos before heading back to Sherwin.

Schwerin was once the capital of the former principality of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and what a castle the prince had. It really was a different life they lived. When you think of the money piled into this castle over the years, it is no wonder the peasants eventually revolted.

When back into the old town and had a leisurely dinner. Apparently there is a train strike tomorrow, but some limited trains will run. So the leisurely sleep in and casual walk to the station for a 9:30 train will be replaced by an early start (at least for Lee-ann) for a 06:00 train to Hamburg.

Posted by Neileeann 17:00 Archived in Germany

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